Sheet masks are such a skincare staple that I don’t know how I survived before I discovered them! They were my first introduction to the world of Korean skincare products, and I definitely prefer them over mud or clay masks because while those leave my skin feeling dull and dry, sheet masks make my skin look nourished and plump!
There are thousands of sheet masks on the market today — many of which from Western brands capitalizing on Korean beauty’s recent surge in popularity — so it can be difficult to zero in on which ones work and which one’s are just trend-surfing. Over the years, I’ve tried countless sheet masks from a variety of brands (both Western and Korean) and I have to say that the Korean masks win out. In this post, I’ve gathered my all-time favorite sheet masks for my skin type: combination and acne-prone.
Quick Introduction to Sheet Masks
For those of you who are maybe less familiar with sheet masks, they’re exactly what the name suggests: a sheet of fabric that’s been soaked in serum that you cover your face with. The serums are usually very potent, and the sheet helps to retain moisture as your skin absorbs the nutrients.
I try to do a sheet mask two or three times a week, depending on my schedule. I use them as the second-to-last step of my nighttime skincare routine, right before I moisturize. It’s a great way to relax and pamper yourself after a long day. I leave it on for about twenty to twenty-five minutes max because once the sheet dries, it actually begins to pull moisture from your skin, which is the last thing you want to do!
A Quick Hack: Most sheet masks come over-saturated in the serum, so I always save the packet and use the leftover serum in the morning or the following night to really get my money’s worth!
My Favorite Sheet Masks
As I mentioned earlier, my skin type is usually combination (oily T-zone) and acne-prone, so I look for sheet masks that contain beneficial ingredients such as BHA, green tea, or (my personal favorite) honey. Sheet masks make a huge difference in my skincare routine, especially in the winter when my dry patches are more noticeable.
The sheet masks listed below are ones that I keep repurchasing because of how amazingly they’ve worked for me. All of them are extremely hydrating and can significantly shrink my active acne in twenty minutes!
Nature Republic Real Nature Manuka Honey Hydrogel Mask: Naturerepublicusa.com, 1 for $2.90
Honey is my favorite ingredient in any skincare product because it’s a triple threat: it’s antibacterial, antioxidant-rich, and super-moisturizing. This mask is made of gel (instead of fibers), which offers both a wonderful cooling sensation on the skin and more intense hydration (and subsequently absorption of the serum). The mask comes in two separate pieces (one for the forehead, nose and cheeks; another for the chin and jaw), which makes the application a little tricky but I don’t mind at all. I am literally glowing after I remove it, and my makeup applies much better in the morning too!
The Face Shop The Solution Pore Care Face Mask: TheFaceShop.com, 1 for $3 (Although the retail stores often have “Buy 10, Get 5 Free” deals!)
This sheet mask is specifically targeted towards those of us with oilier skin. The main ingredient in the serum is tannin, a polyphenol found in green tea and wine that is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogen. The tannin in the treatment reduces shine throughout the day and shrinks my pores, especially on my forehead and nose. It’s not the most hydrating mask, but I usually follow up my masks with moisturizer so that’s not a big deal. Also, the extra serum in The Face Shop The Solution masks lasts me for three extra days!
The Face Shop The Solution Smoothing Face Mask: TheFaceShop.com, 1 for $3 (Although the retail stores often have “Buy 10, Get 5 Free” deals!)
Another amazing mask by The Face Shop The Solution line! Whereas the previous mask treats pores and oiliness, this mask contains BHA (beta hydroxy acid), which is a chemical exfoliant that really does smooth the texture of your skin. Compared to AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), BHA is better suited for oily skin and is soothing enough for sensitive skin. After using this mask, my skin just feels plumper and more luminous!
Manefit Mugwort Astringent + Pore Care Sheet Mask: Sokoglam.com, 5 for $10
Mugwort extract is still a relatively new ingredient for me, but my experience with these sheet masks has been great! Mugwort contains salicylic acid, which cleans your pores and exfoliates your skin. I tend to use this sheet mask when my skin just feels off and needs some extra TLC. I find that my skin feels so much smoother and looks much calmer after using it.
What’s your favorite sheet mask?? I’m a sheet mask junkie and I’d love to try some new ones!